“And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.’ Acs 9:5-6

The first 22 verses of Acts 9 tell of the amazing conversion of Saul of Tarsus during his
Damascus encounter. The blinding light, the power that knocked him to the ground, three days
of being blind and dumbfounded, and the subsequent visit from Ananias, gives us tremendous
insight into the dynamics of how God works through prayer, and a better understanding of the workings of the kingdom of heaven!

The hedge that Paul walked into outside of Damascus was there because the believers at
Damascus were believers who prayed. Ananias, being directed by the Lord to go and minister to
Saul was a result of prayer. If Ananias had not been praying and seeking the Lord, he would not
have been prepared to hear the Lord and obey Him and go to minister to Saul.
Saul of Tarsus was no longer leading a murderous rampage against God’s people. He was one of
God’s people. He should have known Psalm 34:7, that says, “The angel of the Lord encamps all
around those who fear Him, And delivers them.” That hedge outside of Damascus that Saul
walked into was a wall of warrior angels with their swords drawn, ready to execute judgment on
an enemy of the church. God’s love, however, triumphed, taking the enemy’s number one
general out of play, and bringing him into the church, fulfilling also what Jesus taught, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Saul was rerouted by an unexpected detour, and the church has never been the same. Ananias
was rerouted to a danger zone – right into the presence of the greatest enemy of the church! His
statements about Jesus appearing to him on the road let Saul know that the Church of the Lord
Jesus Christ is a highly organized and efficient system that operates through prayer, revelation knowledge, and Holy Spirit power!

Let’s look at Ananias; he was a Christian like you or me. Can you imagine the harvest he received
when he eventually went to heaven simply because he was praying at a critical time?
Prayer is a most effective way of destroying the works of the devil and bringing about God’s
purposes and plans! Prayer closes the doors of the enemy and opens the doors of heaven!
This year: 2024, is the Year of the Open Door! Let’s be praying. Let’s be expecting, Let’s be
walking in the reality of heaven’s provisions and promises. Let’s go through those open doors
and get this job done, let’s do it magnificently, and let’s go be with Jesus!

With Love,
Pastor Tom